Beginning in September, marriage will be allowed for gay and lesbian couples in Vermont. Both houses overrode a veto from the governor on the issue, making it the first state to use legislative action, not the courts, to pass such a bill.
Opponents are launching a public relations counterattack on TV in the Northeast US and Iowa. The National Organization for Marriage said it will show how it undermines "the core civil rights" of proponents of straight-only marriage.
In the ad, a worried woman is told: "I am a parent, helplessly watching public schools teach my son that gay marriage is OK," then an African American says "There is hope: a rainbow coalition … coming together in love to protect marriage. Join us."